The most remarkable bit about this Sandugo festival is that its history was characterized by the cutting of the leaders’ arms and drinking the blood thereof in a covenant type of agreement. The festival is held to honor the life of a local and revered Filipino leader, Datu Sikatuna. In the tradition then, it was believed, that it was a way of formalizing relationships and friendships.

Yet, today’s Bohol Sandugo 2016 evolves as the usual festival turn into a more specific bearing the theme “Celebration of Cultural Identity and Creative Genius”.


One of the most awaited activities among Boholanos and visitors this month is something that not only leaves a lasting impression on every visitor’s heart but more importantly their palate. International Fusion Nights 2016 has been a successful event over the 2 past years and now giving us more of what we expected.

This is an opportunity to bring in an added attraction to the month- long festivities, presenting a cultural parade and exchange of the flavor, beauty and color brought about by diversity, amity and connectivity. From July 20-27, an eight night food bazaar with almost 20 food stall booths from our local hotels, resorts and restaurants to satisfy our palate. Delicacies, dishes and specialties are made available at lower prices than usual offerings in restaurants.  Also, it includes a variety of nightly entertainment, to keep the event fun and more attractive for diners and walk-in buyers.

Line up for this year’s Fusion Night 2016 are the following: Alta Bohol Garden Resort and Convention Center, Astoria Bohol Resort, Be Grand Resort, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Bohol Shores Resort, Cake Garden, Cuisina ni Tisay, Egay’s Farm Restaurant, Gavroche French Bakery, Linaw Restaurant, Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel, Reyna’s the Haven and Gardens, T2 Bar Café and Restaurant, Tarsier Botanika, & The Bellevue Resort. Sponsors for this event are: Coca-cola, PLDT, SMART, Globe, CHAP, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Save ‘n Earn, San Miguel Brewery, Henann Resort, and Bohol Quality Mall. (JS Salaysay)

Photo courtesy: Robert Justy Alfarero

Your not-so-typical girl named Ashley



I met this girl named Mariane Ashley Uy during my IT days and yes I admit, I was astonished by her achievements in life at the very young age.

My first impression that I gave before we became friends was “geek kaayo” and “mahadlok man sad ta niya kay suplada” but I guess I was wrong. Ashley is outgoing, friendly, and fun to be with. She is the type of person who wants to talk and talk and discuss random things. There was this fun side of Ashley that you’ll never imagine. You may see her serious but a big no no! (ha ha ha)

During her college days, she was an active student of Holy Name University and graduated Bachelor of Science in Information Technology last March 2014.

She started her career as a Web Developers’ Guild President. The knowledge that she got from tutorials and workshops became her stepping stone in her career. After that, she became as a freelancer designing jobs such as graphic design, branding, web design and illustration which helped her earn money.


As time flies, she is now working in Cebu as a back-end and front-end developer of a large IT Company there. It’s also pretty common to see her at a local tech event. Either on the field as a participant or behind the registration counter as an organizer. She had the privilege to work with the best teams of Startup Weekend, Geeks On A Beach, also with and build great communities with engaging leaders and she is very passionate and always end up loving what she do.



On the other hand, Ashley still manages her time blogging. She also earns money through blogging and social media as a service provider. But being busy with her work doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for our mother earth. “Balancing my time in work and exploring things is quite hard. But I guess it depends on how I handle my time management.” she stated. She also support organizations such as Paglaum Bohol and Help Little Tarsi.

Paglaum Bohol is a group of concerned Boholano students from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Dilliman and Cebu, Silliman University, Cebu Doctors University, Velez College working together to take action to provide aid and awareness about the earthquake in Bohol last Oct. 15, 2013. (Stephanie Salaysay)


About the Authors

About JOE


Judith Anne Cruz is a communicator by heart. She loves anything that has to do with writing and public speaking. She is also an advocate of students’ rights and academic freedom and is a catalyst for social change. Her favorite pastime is reading fictional books, listening to classic songs and watching rom-com movies.

Judith Anne Cruz is heartily living an exceptional life, and she is definitely not your typical millennial.




Janine Stephanie Salaysay, a 19 year old couch potato who dreams to become a performer. Tipay is influenced by past, science, the universe, constellations, pop culture, indies and branded with her cuteness and fluffiness overload.

She’s into music, film, photography and HIM. Go check and follow her daily quirkiness at IG: and TWITTER: @jstephsalaysay

 About BETH


Bethyl Faith Alo, a 20 year old sparky communication darling who loves creative writing and travelling. She loves writing which is written with the creativity of mind because through this she can express her thoughts and emotions.

Beth is the type of girl who is canty and optimistic about life. She believes that even how hard life is you should keep smiling because life is definitely a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.

A smile is a contagious thing. Give it to the world and the world will give it back to you. 🙂

About Us


Chasing Collective is a collection of literary works, news articles and reviews about food, travel, fashion, arts and the like by BA Communication students of Holy Name University, Philippines. While most enthusiasts indulge in blogging to express their personal ideas and sentiments. We, somehow, created Chasing Collective to inculcate social awareness and to let everyone take a grasp of reality while living a “You. Only. Live. Once” life at the same time.